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001 - Sarah Graham - WE CARE

001 - Sarah Graham - WE CARE


Oil on canvas board

For my samarivan, I had the idea to paint vintage Care Bears toys, tying in with the theme of nostalgia which features often in my work. From all the countless phonecalls I made to Samaritans, the thing that stayed with me was just how kind and caring all the volunteers were, so I have called the piece 'We Care', because they really do.


British painter Sarah Graham is a photorealist oil painter best known for her colourful oil paintings, of toys, sweets and food. She completed a BA (hons) in Fine Art painting from De Montfort University, Leicester in 2000, and has been pursuing her practice ever since. From 2001 - 2007 she exhibited at independent galleries and art fairs in the UK and overseas. From 2007 - 2014 she signed with a major UK fine art publisher, Washington Green, & her originals & prints were widely available in their galleries across the UK. As of the beginning of 2015, Sarah began self publishing limited edition prints, whilst working on commissions and new paintings for exhibitions and art fairs as an independent artist working from her studio in Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

Sarah's paintings are in private collections across the world, in Europe, the USA, Australia, the Middle East, China and South Africa.

In 2012, Sarah was commissioned by the British band Kaiser Chiefs to paint the album cover of their singles collection 'Souvenir', which was released worldwide. Her work is also owned by Standard Chartered Bank, who commissioned several pieces by Sarah, including a self-portrait, for their vast global collection of contemporary portraits.

Sarah’s work is studied in schools throughout the UK and abroad, and in 2015, she even featured on the GCSE art exam paper.

In February 2022, Sarah appeared as a guest judge on the CBBC show 'Britain's Best Young Artist'. She was thrilled to be a part of such an inspiring show for young artists.

Sarah is also a patron for the creative mental health charity PoetsIN, and using her platform as a renowned artist, now speaks out about mental health in schools and organisations. As someone with bipolar disorder, this is a subject deeply personal and important to her.

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